October Newsletter: IDW Updates, TAB Election, Region and Group Updates and More!

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22 Oct 2018

October Newsletter: IDW Updates, TAB Election, Region and Group Updates and More!


  • International Data Week Updates
    Two weeks from now, many of us will be in beautiful Botswana and attending IDW 2018. Hopefully, by this time, travel arrangements have been secured, creation of posters is underway, and coordination of breakout sessions is ongoing. To assist you with these final preparations, we’ve provided you below with some helpful information.  If you have any questions or concerns about the between now and the event, please e-mail info@internationaldataweek.org.
    • The final programme is now updated with speakers, room locations and remote session information.
    • If you haven’t yet registered for IDW, we encourage you to register asap. There will be onsite registration, but at a much higher cost.
    • If you are arriving in Botswana a little early, or staying a little past IDW 2018, take advantage of your time and explore! The local organisers have provided links to several tourism sites, which have been posted to internationaldataweek.org.
    • For those attendees staying at the AVANI Gaborone Hotel, the Cresta President Hotel and the MASA Square Hotel, shuttles will be provided morning and evening to and from the venue.
    • Lastly, attendees are also encouraged to participate as an IDW Exhibitor. For a small fee ($565), exhibitors will be provided a table and have the opportunity to showcase their information in a prominent area of the venue.
  • 2018 RDA TAB Election: Meet the Nominated Candidates
    RDA is pleased to announce the candidates nominated for the 2018 Technical Advisory Board election. Online voting will open at RDA P12/International Data Week (5 Nov 2018) and will remain open for two weeks through 18 Nov 2018.  Learn more.
  • Call for RDA Europe Ambassadors 
    The RDA EU Ambassadors programme offers up to six grants of a maximum of €7,000,  targeting distinguished and well-connected domain experts who can develop a two-way communication and engagement vector: promoting RDA outputs and perspectives while streamlining insights and practical contribution from domain focused data communities into the work of RDA. This is the first of two calls in the ambassadors programme, where RDA Europe aims to have a first group of up to 6 highly qualified ambassadors. The call closes on 5 December 2018 17:00 CEST.  To find out more and apply visit: https://grants.rd-alliance.org/OpenCalls/call-ambassadors
  • RDA-US Region Convenes for Annual Leadership Meeting
    This past September, RDA-US held its annual leadership meeting in Troy, New York. Group co-chairs, Council members, TAB members, and joint partners from the country joined the RDA-US office for two days to evaluate the progress of the office and discuss strategies going forward regarding adoption of RDA’s Recommendations and sustainability initiatives. Hilary Hanahoe, RDA Secretary General, also attended the meeting and provided great insight from a global perspective, specifically as it relates to synergizing efforts across regions. Many of the discussions are already leading to opportunities for not only the RDA-US office, but also the entire RDA community. Look for more information in the coming weeks on these new developments.


  • 29 October 2018: RDA/TDWG Working Group Webinar - "Darwin Core Hour: An Attribution Darwin Core Extension - What Would That Look Like?" Learn more.  
  • 8 November 2018 - Where the Data Repo Meets the Road: Data Service Models in Practice Webinar
    Recently announced by the Research Data Access and Preservation (RDAP) Education and Resources team, this webinar will include librarians from Carnegie Mellon University, Emory University, and the Data Curation Network in a panel presentation and discussion of evolving service models that extend local RDM expertise through complementary collaborative, hosted, and third-party services.  Learn more.
  • RDA in Italy Node Announces Open Science Webinar Series 2018
    This webinar series, offered as part of a broader training project offered by OpenAIRE, IOSSG and the Italian Node of RDA, aims to provide clear information and practical tools to users related to theme of Open Science. Learn more


Group updates: 

RDA Groups Requesting Comments from Community: 

Newly Endorsed RDA Groups:


Our Members: 

Benefits of Becoming an RDA Organisational Member

Organisations that join RDA recognize their future health and growth is dependent on realizing value from research data. They are organisations that recognize the insights that will determine their futures may well come from data created outside their organisations. Because their “genius” is unlocking value, organisations that join RDA recognize systems that enable free trade in data are critical to their future and that of their competitors, collaborators, and societies. Key benefits of becoming an organisational member include:

  • Being seen to act as early adopters for newly developed standards and protocols
  • Adding influence to their work on data interoperability in their sectors, markets and geographies
  • Having a voice inside RDA, providing advice on the needs of their sectors and the problems faced in data exchange
  • Providing advice to the RDA Council through the Organisational Advisory Board
  • Recognition on the RDA Website and at RDA Meetings as a leader in world data sharing and interoperability
  • Receiving regular briefings on the progress of RDA’s work
  • Participating in the 6-monthly Organisational Assembly that takes place at RDA Plenaries interacting with other Organisational Members (OMs)

Learn more


Discipline Focus: 

RDA and the Biomedical Sciences

With the evolution of genomics, and more detailed medical techniques, biomedical science is producing more data than ever before. Researchers, clinicians and data managers need to harness this data to allow processes such as data/text-mining, integration, visualization, analytics and the linking of datasets, repositories, data standards and data policies to take place. RDA can help bring stakeholders together, such as clinicians, researchers, funders, journal editors, data managers, and the skilled biocurators and standard developers that will help create and manage the data, and direct these diverse communities towards the common goal of well-structured biomedical data. There are many opportunities within the RDA to build the technical and social bridges that enable data sharing, including the harmonisation of data standards, policies, technologies, and infrastructure, across borders and communities, and we encourage interested parties to contact the relevant RDA groups if they are interested to find out more. Learn more


Updates From: 


  • GODAN Launches The Road Ahead: Request For Proposals For GODAN Secretariat
    GODAN, The Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (https://www.godan.info/) is about to embark on a new and exciting period of transition and transformation. This marks the next level of service and responsiveness for the initiative, lifting support to GODAN’s growing network of almost 800 partner organisations from 105 countries worldwide. It has recently announced a Request for Proposals which offers opportunities to host and/or fund the GODAN Secretariat until 2022. The deadline for applications will be Thursday November 1, 2018. Learn more at https://www.godan.info/sites/default/files/GODAN%20Request%20For%20Proposals.pdf.
  • U.S. National Institutes of Health:  Request for Information (RFI) for Future Data Management and Sharing Policy
    On October 10, 2018, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) issued a Request for Information (RFI) in the NIH Guide to Grants and Contracts to solicit public input on proposed key provisions that could serve as the foundation for a future NIH policy for data management and sharing.  The feedback we obtain will help to inform the development of a draft NIH policy for data management and sharing, which is expected to be released for an additional public comment period upon its development. Comments on the proposed key provisions will be accepted through December 10, 2018, and can be made electronically by visiting here.

  • Working on ICT Standards? Apply for funding to the 3rd StandICT Open Call. Applications are now open for the 3rd StandICT.eu grant programme, “Supporting European Experts Presence in International Standardisation Activities in ICT” that addresses the need for ICT Standardisation and defines a pragmatic approach and streamlined process to reinforce EU expert presence in the international ICT standardisation scene. The call will remain open until the 2nd of November, 17:00 CEST. For more information visit https://www.standict.eu/


Recommendations & Outputs: 


FAIRsharing Registry and Recommendations: Interlinking Standards, Databases and Data Policies

On 8 October 2018, the RDA BioSharing Registry: connecting data policies, standards & databases in life sciences Working Group was renamed to the FAIRSharing Registry: connecting data policies, standards & databases RDA Working Group. This change was approved by RDA Council following interaction with RDA Technical Advisory Board and the Working Group Co-chairs. The group name change reflects the broader constituency and potential user base of the working group recommendation, which goes beyond the biosciences community. A second, extended Request for Comments on the Working Group recommendation is open from 10 October – 10 December 2018 in order to ensure that the community at large, not just the Biosciences communities, has a chance to provide feedback and comments.